RS and I were once transporting some stuff including an RP07 from DE to
MD in an open trailer. I was behind him and saw the lid on the RP07 come
up and off the drive and land on the road intact.
Stopped quickly, backed up, got out of car just in time to watch an 18
wheeler hit it. *CRUNCH*. No more cool plastic lid.
Drat. I really need to find that RP07 and get it running again.
On 7/27/2020 3:05 PM, Norman Jaffe via cctalk wrote:
Not DEC-related, but I once had an IBM 1800 shipped
from where we'd purchased it to a storage locker in a different city, where I lived.
All was fine until it was unloaded, and the wheels sank into the pavement.
[That summer was a bit hotter than normal...]
From: "cctalk" <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
To: "Adrian Graham" <binarydinosaurs at gmail.com>, "cctalk"
<cctalk at classiccmp.org>
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2020 9:56:56 AM
Subject: Re: AlphaServer 2100s available
On Jul 27, 2020, at 12:38 PM, Adrian Graham via
cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
That reminds me of the time I was transporting a Dodge box (Alpha 4100) between customer
sites in a London borough. There were 3 machines, a pair of 4100s and a 2100. 3 of us got
the 2100 and a 4100 into the van we had for this task but the 3rd machine wouldn?t fit. No
problem, I have a big estate car (station wagon) so could put it in the back of that.
I strapped it in with occy straps (the elasticated type) and put the brakes on the front
wheels but the thing was so heavy that when the car moved forwards the machine didn?t and
burst through the back window. A small girl out on the street said ?look Mum, that man?s
broken his window!?
Those straps are nice for holding packages weighing up to maybe 10 pounds or so.
Something non-stretchy, like cargo webbing ratchet straps, well-tied ropes, or in extreme
cases chains, are for heavy stuff. I had some fun years ago moving a lathe, in pieces the
heaviest of which was around 800 pounds. That's a quick course in how to secure stuff
Your story reminds me of the -- perhaps apocryphal -- story of the RP04 (RP03?) that was
being air-freighted out of Boston airport. It wasn't correctly tied down, so when the
takeoff roll started, it stayed put. Same sort of consequence as yours except that it left
out the back of the airplane, through the fuselage, bouncing off the runway.
The story says that it was taken back to Maynard, uncrated, set up with a couple of
bricks underneath one of the corners that was pushed in 6 inches or so, and tested. It
still worked. I guess DEC built sturdy, and from your experience they kept doing that for
a long time.